FARGO, N.D. — Arden Beachy of Staples will be one of six new members who will be inducted into the North Dakota State University Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 5.
Beachy was quarterback in football and a decathlete in track and field from 1989-93.
He was a two-time first-team All-North Central Conference (1991-92) in football. He was a third-team All-American in 1992 as a junior (CM Frank) and received honorable mention from The Football Gazette. He was a member of the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship team.
Beachy was a two-time conference decathlon champion (1990 and 1993) and was runner-up once. He was NCC champion in the pole vault in 1990. He was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American in track and field, finishing fourth in the decathlon in 1990 and 1993 and seventh in the nation in 1992.
He was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient and was NCC academic all-conference (twice in track and once in football). He was recipient of the 1993-94 Stan Marshall Award as the best male athlete in the NCC. He was named the 1994 male recipient of the Albrecht Presidential Trophy at NDSU.
Beachy was selected a pre-season All-American in 1993 and was the pre-season favorite for the Harlon Hill Trophy before suffering a career-ending knee injury in the second quarter of the 1993 season opener against Pitt State. He finished his career with 1,538 yards rushing (23 TDs), 2,418 yards passing (16 TDs), and 3,958 yards of total offense in just 26 games. He set the school career record for passing accuracy (64.8 percent and set then school records for consecutive passes completed in a game (10) and total offense yards in a season (1,966).
Beachy was a three-sport standout at Staples-Motley High School. He was all-state and a two-time all-conference quarterback that led the Cardinals to a runner-up finish in the 1988 Class 1A Prep Bowl. He accounted for 3,000 yards of total offense (1,800 passing/26 TDs and 1,200 rushing/18 TDs) his season year.
He was an all-state and two-time all-conference basketball player that led Staples-Motley to a third-place finish in the Class 1A state tournament (two-class system). He finished with 997 career points and set a school record for assists.
Beachy led Staples-Motley to the 1989 Class 1A track and field team championship and captured the state title in the triple jump. He was a three-time state runner-up in pole vault, and a 12-time all-conference track and field performer. He continues to hold Section 6A pole vault and triple jump records.
He maintained a 3.75 grade-point average in biology and pre-medicine at NDSU and graduated with a Medical Doctorate in May 1998 from Mayo Medical School. He completed his residency program in family medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (1998-2001), serving as chief resident his third year.
Since 2001, he has practiced family medicine at Lakewood Health Systems in Staples. He earned his pilot’s license in 2005. This season he will begin his 12th season coaching girls basketball at Staples-Motley, his ninth as the head coach.
Arden and his wife, Carrie, have been married for 18 years and have three children — Jaelin 16, Matthew 11, and Turner 4.
Joining Beachy in the hall of fame will be All-American sprinter Tamara Gilmore Sather (1987-90); All-American wrestler Lon Brew (1975-79); NCAA national champion high jumper Penny (Ensrud) McLagan(1990-94); All-America wide receiver T.R. McDonald (1990-93); and All-America forward Darci (Steere) Wash (1991-94).